November 11 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

 This past week has been another intense one for our country and world, and I know it can leave one feeling a little shell-shocked. It can be easy to get caught up in the horror, the fear, the ongoing media updates which are informative but can also be consuming. There is often another wave of Facebook shares, stating that these events clearly herald Jesus’ Second Coming. However, Jesus is clear in his admonition not to predict his coming; in Matthew 24 he tells us ahead of time not to be alarmed, that there will be trouble in this world, and that it will continue to get worse. Rather, that we are to be faithful in our walk with him, that we continue to live and work for his glory rather than retreating in fear and as we do this, we are to take care of the vulnerable (Matthew 25).

On Tuesday morning, I awoke early and was greeted by an incredible sunrise – I am sure many of you will have appreciated it, but I took a picture for you, just in case! It reminded me that though there is chaos all around, that our God is sovereign still, and that even though evil still causes pain, He continues to create beauty. I encourage you to take some time this weekend to sit in beauty and meditate on your identity as God’s dearly loved child. Let that love cast out the fear that so easily intrudes.z

 In Him,

 Pastor Kara Johnsson




Send your “shout-outs” to so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.

Shout out to Tom Stafford for doing such a great job in leading out in the men’s study group.

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amDoug Tilstra, PhD, VP of Walla Walla University’s Student Life will be presenting our Bible message titled “Desperation and Dumb Questions.”

Children’s Church begins at 10:00 am, today in the Fellowship Hall. The children will have their own church service. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Rippey Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

This afternoon at 3:30 pm, the Walla Walla University nursing students will have their dedication. Everyone is invited to join in this solemn celebration.


Church Announcements

If you would like to sing in a Christmas choir on Sabbath, December 23, contact Pollyanna Moody, 503-502-1376 or Rehearsals will begin Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm.

Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. They plan on giving out 55 food baskets this year. Your help is appreciated. You may leave your food donations on the table in the Narthex. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” Our specific needs are:

Turkey/Tofurkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions, cranberries, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, sparkling cider, rolls, sweet potatoes/yams, apples, oranges, pears, carrots and other root vegetables, onions, celery, eggs, butter, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and any nonperishable food items.

 November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.

During the month of December, we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study will be at 10:00 am and our worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Investment Labels! Remember when you collected and turned in labels from Worthington and Loma Linda cans for missions? The label collecting idea is not just a thing of the past. It is still alive and well and has increased in rewards for missions. Labels (including UPC code) from Worthington, Loma Linda, and Caroline’s will pay $.25 each. Cedar Lake, Heritage, Worthington frozen, Kim’s Simple Meals, are .05 each and Norpac Foods, Flav-R-Pac, Santiam, and Westpac are .05 each. Take the time now to save these labels and help build funds for missions. Bring them in, turn them in at children’s Sabbath School, or directly to the Sabbath School secretaries. Every nickel counts!

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Please mark your calendars for the following event:

Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website ( and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy

Save the date, Sunday, November 12!  PAA’s Annual Student Scholarship Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, and will be followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.  This fun event has supported many students who have or are attending PAA.  Tickets are $30 per person or $200 to host a table of 8. For tickets or information contact Dawn Johnson at 503-255-8372 ext 210, or Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.

PAA Fall Open House –
An Open House information night is happening at Portland Adventist Academy for families not already attending Adventist elementary schools. Join us on November 16, 6:30 pm for a campus tour, and Q&A time with teachers and administrators. Enjoy food from our Farm-to-Table kitchen and learn more about scholarships, sports, music, mission trips and more. If you know someone who would benefit from a Christ-centered and character-driven education, please let them know! Find out more at or call us at 503.255.8372.


December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come, Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.


Child Development Center DiscoveryLand.
Now hiring qualified infant/toddler and preschool teachers. For more information or to apply call 503-209-1984. Email resume to
Location: Mt. Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Rose City Park Presbyterian Church needs a lead child care attendant staring in November. The attendant will supervise the assistant attendant and volunteers. Must be at least 21 years of age. Hours: Sunday mornings, 9:15 to 12:15. Send cover letter and resume to Attention: Gail Black by November 14.





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